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Across the Cycle Network Guidance there are a number of technical notes, design guidance notes and tools to help planners, engineers and designers to create high quality cycling infrastructure.

Technical notes incorporate both points of law and current best practice specifications from national (including Austroads) and international sources, to give direction to the user as to how to design specific and more complex facilities in a New Zealand context and within New Zealand rules.  They document progress made with relation to the design of specific facility types after learning from implementing cycle infrastructure.

Design guidance notes summarise the planning and design of specific elements of the cycle network such as signs and markings, cycle parking and access control devices.

Tools assist in comparing and assessing different facility types.

  • Guidance manuals



    Issued date

    Aotearoa Street Planning and Design Guide (Final Draft)

    The street guide sets out the policy context and criteria for the planning, design, and evaluation of streets. It is a practical tool to link high-level spatial and network planning to good outcomes. In this urban space, the street guide connects the concepts of movement function, place function and multimodal networks with urban design processes.

    The street guide references Waka Kotahi multi-modal guidelines including the PNG, CNG and PTDG, and other relevant guidelines.

    28 September 2021

    Draft Handbook for tactical urbanism in Aotearoa

    The draft Handbook for tactical urbanism has been developed as a tool to help councils and communities deliver tactical urbanism projects to a high standard, using a collaborative best-practice approach.

    August 2020

    Draft Handbook for tactical urbanism in Aotearoa - Guidance: roadway art [PDF, 9.4 MB]

    A supplement to the Handbook for tactical urbanism provides draft guidance on compliant application of using road artwork effectively and safely in New Zealand.


    September 2020

    The selection and use of non-permanent materials for pilot projects: design guidance note [PDF, 2 MB]

    A supplement to the Handbook for tactical urbanism provides draft summary guidance on the temporary materials to ensure a safe road environment consistent with national legislation and best practice.

    April 2021

    Traffic Control Devices (TCD) Manual
    (various parts)


    The TCD manual provides guidance on industry good practice, including, where necessary, practice mandated by law. The structure of the TCD manual comprises 10 parts as well as three supporting specifications documents and two documents for definitions and references.


    Bridging the Gap: urban design guidelines

    The guidelines seek to improve the understanding of what good urban design means in a transport project. The guidelines are intended for consultants, contractors, project managers, stakeholders and the community who participate in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of our transport networks.

    October 2013

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